God’s Final Warning to Islam (The Destruction of Damascus and the End of Islam)
In the mid-1990s, I began to engage the Muslims on line. This resulted in thousands of hours of interaction with them including debating their internet apologists. I learned REAL Islam from direct interaction with them. I also studied the Koran and more importantly Islam’s secondary books called the Hadiths. The Hadiths are a series of five books that record the oral sayings of Muhammad. They were written down between 250 to 350 years after Muhammad. Originally there were an estimated 800,000 sayings, but now it has been edited down to around 25,000. I have read most of them, and all I can say is “wild.” Maybe someday I’ll post the “wild” Hadiths to show what Muslims really believe.
The Koran is not really the sole basis for Muslim’s faith, but much of what they believe is found in the Hadiths and not in the Koran. Muslims refuse to admit this unless you have the knowledge to confront them. For example, Muslims pray five times a day. The directive to do this is not found in the Koran but in the Hadiths. The Koran says nothing about the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus, but it is found in the Hadiths. The idea of the Mahdi is found in the Hadiths while the Koran is silent.
There is one teaching from the Hadiths that I want you to be aware of. It has to do with the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus. There is a huge conflict between the Bible and Islam about the location of the Lord Jesus’ Second Coming. I have used this conflict to lay down a challenge to the Muslims about the authority of the Bible.
I believe the time is drawing near for the fulfillment of the conflict, so I want you to know of it and any Muslim who might be reading this. If you know a Muslim, please share this with him.
Muslims believe, as taught in the Hadiths, that the Lord Jesus is going to return first to Damascus. When He returns from heaven, it will be first to Damascus and not Jerusalem as taught in the Bible. This is found in Sahih Muslim Book 041, Number 7015 When reading this, understand that the Dajjal would be the antichrist of the Bible.
“…and it would at this very time that Allah would send Christ, son of Mary, and he will descend at the white minaret in the eastern side of Damscus wearing two garments lightly dyed with saffron and placing his hands on the wings of two Angels. When he would lower his head, there would fall beads of perspiration from his head, and when he would raise it up, beads like pearls would scatter from it. Every non-believer who would smell the odour of his self would die and his breath would reach as far as he would be able to see. He would then search for him (Dajjal) until he would catch hold of him at the gate of Ludd and would kill him …”
The Bible is very clear, that just prior to the glorious Second Coming of the Lord Jesus, the city of Damascus is going to be totally destroyed during a war with Israel. It will be turned into a ruinous heap. The destruction of Damascus is a key sign that the Day of the LORD is very near!
Isaiah 17:1 The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.
When studying Isaiah chapter 17, it starts with the destruction of Damascus and ends with the battle of Armageddon, which includes the Second Coming of the Lord. This is why the destruction of Damascus is a key indicator that the Day of the LORD is at hand. This war lights the fuse directly to Armageddon and Christ’s Second Coming.
Isaiah 17:12 Woe to the multitude of many people, which make a noise like the noise of the seas; and to the rushing of nations, that make a rushing like the rushing of mighty waters! (13) The nations shall rush like the rushing of many waters: but God shall rebuke them, and they shall flee far off, and shall be chased as the chaff of the mountains before the wind, and like a rolling thing before the whirlwind. (14) And behold at eveningtide trouble; and before the morning he is not. This is the portion of them that spoil us, and the lot of them that rob us.
I have used this conflict to challenge Muslims. When they see Damascus destroyed, I told them to throw away their Korans, and turn to the Lord Jesus as their Savior. Islam is not going to survive this confrontation with the God of Israel.
I was thinking about Psalm 83 and Ezekiel 35 which are both about the destruction of Edom. Damascus is going to be destroyed at the same time of the war found in these two chapters. The destruction of Edom and Damascus coincide! Both of these chapters end with scriptures about knowing and turning to the LORD. In Isaiah 17, the destruction of Damascus results in many Syrians turning to the Holy God of Israel! The destruction of Damascus marks the beginning of the end of Islam.
Isaiah 17:3 The fortress also shall cease from Ephraim, and the kingdom from Damascus, and the remnant of Syria: they shall be as the glory of the children of Israel, saith the LORD of hosts.
Psalm 83:16 Fill their faces with shame; that they may seek thy name, O LORD. (17) Let them be confounded and troubled for ever; yea, let them be put to shame, and perish: (18) That men may know that thou, whose name alone is JEHOVAH, art the most high over all the earth.
Ezekiel 35:15 As thou didst rejoice at the inheritance of the house of Israel, because it was desolate, so will I do unto thee: thou shalt be desolate, O mount Seir, and all Idumea, even all of it: and they shall know that I am the LORD.
If the Muslims know this prophecy in the Hadith about the Second
Coming, and Damascus is then obliterated, this could be one of the main reasons why Muslims turn from Islam to the God of Israel. They will see the Bible is the word of God: the final authority and not Islam.
I believe with the current behavior of Syria toward Israel that the test is soon going to take place. Islam is about to feel the full authority of God’s covenant with Israel as found in the Bible. The destruction of Damascus would be tangible proof to Muslims of the authority of the Bible over Islam!If Damascus is destroyed in this coming war, it will give Christians the tool necessary to challenge Muslims about the Bible being the word of God and the Lord Jesus as the only begotten Son of God. I can really see this event as the trigger that begins the breaking of Islam!
Please see my other teachings about Islam
Muhammad or Jesus the Prophet Like Unto Moses
Koran vs Bible (The Koran directly attacks the Bible)
These articles are also in tract form. If you would a free copy of my tracts please write to John McTernan, PO Box 444, Liverpool, PA 17045.